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Top 10 EduBlogs All Online Teachers Must Follow

Top 10 EduBlogs All Online Teachers Must Follow | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Here’s a list of blogs that feed my teaching soul, hunger for knowledge, and need for deeper insights into teaching,  learning and writing. There are so many wonderful blogs that it’s impossible to list them all here,  so I’m listing the ones that have been most relevant to my own professional development. As such, they should be relevant to any teacher who wants to turn online teaching and/or publishing into a fully-fledged career.

 


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Alongside Nik Peachey's excellent blogs, there are a number of other blogs listed here that inspire.

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stevecarter's curator insight, August 6, 2013 8:46 AM

A must for our staff

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, September 1, 2013 8:40 AM

I am making my way through these but am excited about the content I am finding here. What did educators ever do with all this wisdom before we had the place to make it heard? How wondrous that we can each become an expert and a motivator in our field!

HerrMess's curator insight, September 16, 2013 5:02 PM

Für mehr Blog-Input von medienbegeisterten Lehrern wie uns :-)

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Get This Pair of Free Digital books from iPad Educators - Learning in Hand

Get This Pair of Free Digital books from iPad Educators - Learning in Hand | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"iPad Educators is a great website with the tagline "Redefining Teaching, From Dubia to the World." The website is run by four educators and is non-commercial, which is great because their app reviews are not paid for by the app developers (as I have discovered, many app review sites get paid to write their reviews). iPad Educators also has featured articles and interviews with iPad educators."

 

http://learninginhand.com/blog/2014/3/20/get-this-pair-of-free-digital-books-from-ipad-educators


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Liz Wernig's curator insight, October 14, 6:53 AM

Excellent! 

Paul Westeneng's curator insight, October 14, 7:07 AM

Great ebooks When you're looping for iPad apps to support transformationele of learning. Note: they take a while to download. Be patient.

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18 Apps That Will Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life - Huffington Post

18 Apps That Will Inspire Creativity In Your Everyday Life - Huffington Post | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Mobile devices like iPads and Androids have transformed the way we experience boredom. No longer is a wayward commuter forced to play Snake or Tetris, occupying themselves in a hardly satisfying, and utterly pixelated virtual reality. The tablet or smart phone-wielding travelers can now immerse themselves in an entire library of art and culture-related distractions, finding solace in everything from a Vincent van Gogh game to a digital version of the Louvre.

Just this week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a 140-year-old cultural stalwart of New York City, went the way of the future and introduced an iPhone app. Described as "exceedingly simple and modest" by Forbes, the move to make art more accessible is something we can't help but love. So, in the spirit of the Met's 21st century attitude, we've put together a list of mobile museums and art-honoring programs that will spark creativity in your everyday life.

Behold, 18 apps every creative and artist type should download now:

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Pavel Liser's curator insight, October 13, 3:51 AM
It's one of those #AutumnDays, when you need one of these apps :)
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18 Apps that will Inspire Creativity in your Everyday Life.

#business #apps #technology

Kamian's curator insight, October 14, 8:53 AM

(ENG) 18 Impresionantes aplicaciones que convertirán tu Ipad en una genial herramienta creativa y artística.

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Teaching Online: The key ingredients

A presentation by Nicky Hockly and Lindsay Clandfield, outlining the key ingredients for successful online teaching.

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Deliver the Bilingual Advantage | eSchool News | eSchool News

Deliver the Bilingual Advantage | eSchool News | eSchool News | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

Preparing today’s students with 21st Century skills increasingly includes language. The Academy for International Education (AIE), a tuition-free public charter school in South Florida/Miami-Dade, has implemented an exciting language learning “technogogy” for students to build bilingualism through bi-literacy in Spanish and English. Watch how one elementary school is developing global, bilingual citizens

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Language Learning needs a Flip

Language Learning needs a Flip | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Language learning should be kept out of the classroom. Teachers and students should focus on practicing conversational skills instead.

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I like the provocative first sentence - but read on! There's some interesting points in this blog post.

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Texthelp

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Presenting iReadWrite iPad app

iReadWrite makes reading easier and writing more accurate when using an iPad for school, work, or leisure.

iReadWrite runs on your iPad with no Wi-Fi or 3G access necessary and will ensure you never make a mistake again as you can export your completed document to email, Messenger, Facebook or Twitter.

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This is quite an expensive app (£19.99) and I haven't purchased it yet. I looks useful, though. There are many apps that will read text back to you, but the addition of the integrated feature of being able to get suggested words and check the spelling/meaning with audio could be helpful. I'm hoping someone has purchased it and can let me know if it's worth it!

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Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing

One reason for lecturers not responding to their everyday experience is, I believe, their ignorance of alternatives. If you can't imagine what else you might do than lecture, then it hardly matters what your everyday experience is telling you. Lecturing is taken for granted. Courses are designed around lecture topics. Knowledge is packaged in our heads in one-hour-lecture-sized chunks. Why is this?


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Not about mobile learning, but even when we start to design an online course we tend to think in terms of lecture-type input first, even though the input may be some kind of online reading material, or (quite commonly) a video of a lecture. The ideas here are pertinent, therefore, in the preparation for syllabus design both for face to face and online.

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Leona Ungerer's curator insight, July 27, 3:57 AM

Wonder what more recent literature would suggest (on lecturing as a teaching tool).

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, July 27, 7:42 AM

All educators should read this! Great in thinking about presenting any info.Makes me think of all school faculty meetings and how we could do it differently!

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 9, 11:06 AM

... because the person who is "doing" the reading, writing, talking, listening, and investigating is the person who is doing the learning.

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Seven Models for Blended Learning Success

Seven Models for Blended Learning Success | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"This eBook explains the various types of blended learning models being used in real classrooms throughout the country. While the specific needs of a district, school or classroom will vary, each can utilize different technologies that exist today to aid inthe instruction and delivery of a successful blended learning model."


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A very short outline, but it gives an overview of some of the ideas associated with blended learning. You have to sign up for newsletters before you can download it!

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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes designed to engage students more deeply in their learning.


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Dennis Granlund's curator insight, July 24, 9:18 PM

This site is timely as schools move from hard copy to etexts.

Martin Debattista's curator insight, July 25, 2:22 AM

A transformation which is not a revolution. It will take time and effort.  It's important we give it the space to take its natural course.

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, July 25, 2:11 PM

Thank you Nik. I like reading about innovations like e-textbook transformation that make learning more accessible to all students.

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iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more

iTunes U update with iPad Course Creation, Student Discussions & more | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

The new features will begin rolling out July 8 with the ability for teachers to create and manage previously uploaded lessons directly from the iPad. Apple says the course creation features will let teachers grab content from iWork, iBooks Author or “any of the over 75,000 educational apps available for iPad.” It will also let teachers use the iPad’s camera to include shots and video of real-world items in courses. The course creation feature will be available to educators in all 69 with the materials they create distributed in up 155 countries.


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The addition of discussions moves iTunesU from an elaborate textbook to something that involves collaboration - a good move. Pity it's only for private courses.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 10, 10:29 AM

Got some knowledge to share?  

sobrie01's curator insight, July 10, 3:07 PM

Picture creating your own async classroom and having the abilty to have different instructor contribute to the lessons. Very cool functions that are easy to use. Well Done Apple!

Fiona Price's curator insight, July 11, 12:18 PM

Exciting news!

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6 Models of Blended Learning

6 Models of Blended Learning | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Discover how six blended learning models combine traditional classroom experiences with online learning for successful student results.

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Jean-Christophe Francet's curator insight, July 16, 5:29 AM

Excellent explanation of the different possible mixes between online and offline learning.

Yvonne Middelkoop's curator insight, July 21, 2:25 AM

 Handy infographic with six basic models

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, August 30, 1:44 PM

Cada día vemos como el B-learning avanza y los profesores no deberían permanecer indiferentes

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Knowmia Teach Pro: iPad Lesson Creation Tool

Knowmia Teach Pro: iPad Lesson Creation Tool | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"If you are interested in creating video lessons using your iPad you’ll definitely want to check out Knowmia Teach Pro.  This powerful tool lets users make their own recordings using a virtual whiteboard to annotate images, draw pictures and add text to the screen.  In addition to capturing everything you write on the screen, Knowmia records your voice and a video of you speaking into the camera.  There are tons of tools for you to explore within the app."

 


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What Are mLearning's Benefits, Challenges, Future?

What Are mLearning's Benefits, Challenges, Future? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"“If you want to make sure your training is continuously effective, and that you don’t get compliance issues down the road, you really need to be reinforcing your learning on a regular basis. You can push short chunks of learning, little texts, little assessments, little case studies, to people on a spaced basis. These short, sharp, spaced interventions have actually proven much more effective. Mobile is ideal for delivering them.”"


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Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads

Inside Steve Jobs schools: swapping books for iPads | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Schools in the Netherlands have shunned textbooks and only use Apple tablets for teaching and learning. A year in, journalist Sarah Marsh investigates how pupils and teachers are faring

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Free Technology for Teachers: Read Write Think Timeline - A Timeline Tool for Almost All Devices

Free Technology for Teachers: Read Write Think Timeline - A Timeline Tool for Almost All Devices | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

 a useful


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This could be a useful way to illustrate verb tenses in English language teaching

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From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.



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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, September 10, 2:25 AM

Useful tips all tablet-friendly teachers must have in mind....

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 13, 5:44 PM

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Kimberly House's curator insight, September 18, 3:53 AM

Useful tips for teachers introducing iPads into their classrooms.

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Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table - FRACTUS LEARNING

Bloom's 'Digital' Taxonomy - Printable Reference Table - FRACTUS LEARNING | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
This overview shows the progression of Bloom's Digital Taxonomy, how each thinking skill applies in practice, and examples of activities using digital tools.

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Matthew Jorgensen's curator insight, August 20, 7:15 AM

Any BTax charts with verbs are ok with me.

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5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader

5 Tips To Be A More Engaged Online Reader | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

The idea of speed reading has been around for decades, but there's been an explosion of speed-reading apps lately that promise to get you reading up to 400, 600, even 1,000 words per minute. But is it worth it? Are you really doing yourself a favor by blasting through e-mails at top speed? 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 18, 3:57 AM

Nice article with some good tools to help slow down and make your reading more engaging.

Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, August 18, 4:42 AM
Why Speed Reading Is Problematic

 

By using an RSVP app or even going through a speed-reading course, you can increase the number of words that you can read from 200 or 300 per minute up to and over 1,000. But there’s one serious drawback – comprehension takes a huge hit. Absorbing and internalizing the information that you’re reading takes time, and it often requires that you go back and re-read parts of passages to fully grasp their meaning.

In speed reading competitions, participants routinely only understand 50% of the text that they’re reading, which is far too low for learning important lessons or appreciating a piece of literature. Some experts even believe that speed reading a tweet would result in lower comprehension, and that’s only 140 characters.

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Free Technology for Teachers: WordWriter - A New Way of Learning Vocabulary Through Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: WordWriter - A New Way of Learning Vocabulary Through Writing | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

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Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Why do so many Moodle courses suck? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

 insights and practical Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. Despite this the vast majority of Moodle courses I see are a long list of Word and PDF documents with at best a few forums that enable a minimum of human social interaction.


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Nik gives some very useful insights and some practical ideas for developing online materials. He has a focus on Moodle, but the ideas relate to any online learning platform.

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Donna Farren's curator insight, August 1, 8:16 AM

Nik makes some great points about Moodle - or really putting any content online - there has to be instructional design training, online teaching training or blended teaching training and how to select content for online delivery.  technical training alone is not enough.

irene's curator insight, August 4, 11:51 PM

Interesting observation - echoes my own experience

Mikko Hakala's curator insight, August 7, 5:40 PM

Problems and possibilities of Moodle (and other similar platforms) outlined by Nik Peachey:

 

* Why Moodle courses often suck?

Not so intuitive platform to work with, lack of teacher training and skills to create online learning material (I agree with these points), excess security issues.

 

* What to do to improve.

 

* Comment about ready-made courses.

There are various problems, for example these often contain little student-teacher or peer interaction. I agree that the ready-made digital material, in my experience, is not very personalisable (and therefore difficult to teach in an inspired way).

 

* How to develop your Moodle skills?

The post gives 9 links to practical video tutorials (how to create a quiz, add a youtube, etc.). There are also free Moodle platforms to practice.

 

Read more: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/why-do-so-many-moodle-courses-suck.html

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Step 7: Images, copyright, and Creative Commons

Step 7:  Images, copyright, and Creative Commons | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Welcome to the seventh step in our free professional learning series on class and student blogging! The aim of this step is to: Discuss copyright, fair use and using images on blogs. Introduce you ...
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A useful reminder about copyright and what you should be aware of when you write information, materials and ideas on a web page.

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Oxford University Press Launches e-books for Learning English Through Microsoft’s Office 365

Oxford University Press Launches e-books for Learning English Through Microsoft’s Office 365 | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
Oxford, Oxfordshire (PRWEB UK) 9 July 2014 -- Oxford University Press has collaborated with Microsoft to make its enhanced e-books solution, Oxford Learner’s Bookshelf, available through Office 365, a SharePoint app. The app transforms Oxford’s coursebooks and Readers for learning English into smart digital books with a balance of interactivity that encourages students to study independently at home, and tools that help teachers to engage students in the classroom.

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A very interesting development from Oxford University Press. If you want to use the books on your iPad, it seems you have to first download the "Oxford Learning Bookshelf" app (free: https://itunes.apple.com/app/oxfordlearnersbookshelf/id617832312) and then within in the app you can get the books. Some books appear to be available only for institutions, and as yet I can't find a way to be able to evaluate them.

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Can we read with our ears?

Can we read with our ears? | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

Many students with weak decoding skills can read: with their ears. As teachers, we can make a strategic choice of differentiating in our lessons in order to allow a poor reader to ‘read with their ears’ in class until the time they can read with their eyes. As long as this occurs alongside additional intervention to address their decoding difficulties, we may be improving his or her life chances by providing this opportunity.


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An interesting article - relevant to literacy skills and accessibility. Helping pupils to be able to access the curriculum despite poor reading skills seems to be a no-brainer.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 3, 4:01 AM

Interesting article about developing reading skills.

Frances's curator insight, July 3, 9:22 AM

Using all the resources available to us, while we systematically teach children the skills they need.

Randy Kulman's curator insight, July 4, 7:27 AM

reading is reading!

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Open access publisher brings scholarship to developing world

Open access publisher brings scholarship to developing world | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it
New mobile app helps a Cambridge press offer free digital monographs even to those without computers
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Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things)

Free Technology for Teachers: Photo Mapo for Archiving Summer (and other things) | Mobile learning for students and teachers | Scoop.it

"While gathering resources to share with campus teachers, I stumbled upon thePhoto Mapo app and quickly added it to my list of tools for summer archival. The intent was to provide a repository of tools and applications that educators could utilize in the midst of their staycations and vacations that could also be extended to the classroom. Photo Mapo is a FREE app that does just that. "


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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, June 9, 7:34 PM

Just downloaded and checked it out. So easy to use. Choose a photo and that's it! (GPS data with photo, of course.) Lots of templates to choose from. 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, June 9, 11:42 PM

Very useful for fieldtrips and site -based learning activities - the app allows you to record the location, a map, a photo and notes about the location in a single "postcard" style image.  Geological survey, environmental outings, etc could all be recorded with this innovative, yet very simple application.